J B O'Reilly, 1844 - 1890
The John Boyle O’Reilly Association announces that the 2017 Weekend will take place on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th March 2017, as this is a busy weekend in Bunbury we advise people attending to book accommodation as soon as possible. Futher details will come soon when plans are finalised.Read More
Production will begin in Bunbury this week on a movie depicting the escape of Fenian convict John Boyle O’Reilly off Leschenault Peninsula in 1869 on a Yankee whaler to America.
O’Reilly would later become the editor of the influential Boston Pilot newspaper and a successful novelist and poet. He was also instrumental in the escape of several Fenians from Fremantle Prison in 1876, known as the ‘Catalpa Rescue’.
The movie titled ‘Rebel with a Cause’ and funded and produced by JBOA under the moniker ‘Shoestring Productions’ begins with the shooting of a love scene at Bunbury’s historical homestead, King Cottage Museum on Sunday June 26th, as O’Reilly had a love affair with the local warden’s daughter.
“Documentary maker Kim Redman and I have been working on a movie idea for a number of years,” said JBOA member and scriptwriter/director Peter Murphy. “It’s an amazing story of hope and survival with a love story thrown in for good measure. Why no one has bothered to make a movie of this incredible story beggars belief. So rather than wait for Hollywood to come knocking we’ve decided to produce the movie ourselves.”
“We’ve got an amazing depth of local talent on board who’ve all had some experience in acting and film making. Our idea is to produce a 10 minute pilot or teaser and then post it on the internet in the hope that ‘crowd-funding’ will take care of the rest. If that fails, we’ll go cap in hand to local investors to help fund a project that is bound to put the Bunbury region on the International tourism map”, Mr Murphy said.
For more information contact Peter Murphy on 043 997 6507Read More